Score: Missouri State 2 – Oral Roberts 3
Records: MSU (2-2, 0-0 MVC) – ORU (3-1, 0-0 SL)
Location: Aerobics Center (Tulsa, Okla.)
TULSA, Okla. – With its home crowd amplifying the intensity on the court, the Oral Roberts volleyball team claimed the final two sets in a thrilling, five-set victory over Missouri State (19-25, 25-19, 21-25, 25-19, 17-15) in its home opener Tuesday night at the Aerobics Center.
The Golden Eagles fought off a pair of match points against from Missouri State to win the final three points in set five to secure the home victory on a service ace by Sylvia Lawson.
Four Golden Eagles tallied at least nine kills as it took a balanced effort to take down the Bears rallying back after falling behind 2-1 in the match. With 11 tie scores in the pivotal fourth set, ORU used a 9-4 run to close the frame and force a fifth set.
Inside the Box Score
- Lawson led the charge totaling 38 set assists and a pair of aces, both of which came in the final stanza. The redshirt freshman also put away four kills and had seven digs and two block assists.
- Laura Shoopman paced the offense with 10 kills and added eight digs, while helping the defense with five block assists.
- Sarah Thiessen had a match-high 19 digs solidifying the Golden Eagles defense. CeCe Madison posted 18 digs and nine kills.
- Taylan Nero provided a spark tallying nine kills, six of which came on six swings in the third set, hitting at a .583 clip for the night.
- ORU improved to 9-8 in home openers under Head Coach Sheera Sirola.
The Golden Eagles remain at home over the weekend hosting the ORU Invitational Sept. 6-7 at the Aerobics Center. The action starts at 10 a.m. with Illinois State and Air Force before ORU takes on Illinois State Friday night at 7:30 p.m. Catch every match of the tournament live on the ORU Sports Network.
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